Health and Social Care National Award

Cambridge nationals are vocationally related qualifications that take an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment.

Cambridge nationals in health and social care are targeted at 14-16 year olds and after two years students will gain a certificate equivalent to one GCSE.

The course is made up of 2 mandatory units (one exam) and 2 optional units:

Mandatory Units

  • Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings – Written exam paper
  • Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings

Optional Units

  • Creative activities to support individuals in health, social care and early years settings
  • Using basic first aid procedures


There is one examined unit and one externally marked unit the other two are internally assessed pieces of coursework.


This course is an ideal introduction to the health and social care course in the Sixth Form or the CACHE diploma in childcare and education level 3. It is also a useful starting point for careers in the caring services, such as nursing or primary school teaching. Qualifications accepted by universities and employers, with many students going on to university.

Start Date

July 2019

Exam Board



Northallerton School & Sixth Form College

Course Level

Cambridge National Level 1 & Level 2